pos·​ture | \ ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio) \

Definition of posture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose erect posture
b : the pose of a model or artistic figure
2 : state or condition at a given time especially with respect to capability in particular circumstances maintain a competitive posture in the market
3 : a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude


postured; posturing

Definition of posture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to assume a given posture : pose

intransitive verb

1 : to assume a posture especially : to strike a pose for effect
2 : to assume an artificial or pretended attitude : attitudinize

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posturer \ ˈpäs-​chər-​ər How to pronounce posture (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for posture

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of posture in a Sentence

Noun Human beings have an upright posture. a good upright posture will prevent backaches
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Given that posture, Trump getting kicked off Facebook and Twitter last week after inciting a deadly riot at the US Capitol was incredible free publicity. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "The Parler Bans Open a New Front in the 'Free Speech' Wars," 13 Jan. 2021 An under-the-desk footrest is designed to improve circulation and posture. oregonlive, "Easily upgrade your home desk: Get organized, comfortable in 2021," 12 Jan. 2021 In that case, fidgeting is part of a suite of behaviors known as nonexercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT), which also includes maintaining posture and other activities involved with going about our daily lives. Popular Science, "Fidgeting can relax your body and brain—if you do it right," 6 Jan. 2021 Ennos argues that our forward-facing eyes with binocular vision, upright posture and differentiation between hind limbs for locomotion and forelimbs for gripping all evolved for living in canopies. Washington Post, "How wood shaped human history, from spears to boats to books," 31 Dec. 2020 No perfect posture or professional attire can make the Warriors rush his development process. Connor Letourneau,, "An inside look at how Warriors plan to handle James Wiseman’s development," 21 Dec. 2020 That improper posture can cause uncomfortable tightness. Christa Sgobba, SELF, "The Back and Biceps Workout to Help You Stand Up Straight," 18 Oct. 2020 Doctors know that poor posture while working on a computer can cause discomfort, with pain developing in a relatively short time. NBC News, "Remote learning can be a pain for kids in more ways than one," 17 Oct. 2020 That posture of defiance will have to change for a semblance of normal to return in 2021. Scott Gottlieb, WSJ, "Turning the Corner on Covid," 27 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Help your back and posture by raising your computer screen up to eye level. Medea Giordano, Wired, "The Best Laptop Stands to Save Your Neck," 19 Sep. 2020 The latter will be put to a jury, which means that both sides can be expected to posture when explaining Hollywood economics to regular citizens. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Walking Dead' Trial Judge Asked to Ban Profane Emails, Talk of Writers-Agents War," 12 Aug. 2020 Not long ago such talk seemed more like posturing than practical politics, and many assumed the two sides would quietly agree in June to extend the talks. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Britain Is Sticking to Brexit Plans Despite Virus Upheaval," 11 Apr. 2020 Another, equally striking portrait, by Giovanni Boldini, perfectly captures the count’s confident, posturing dandyism. Leo Damrosch, New York Times, "Hanging With the Wits and Dandies of the Belle Époque," 21 Feb. 2020 This was all done without posturing, the need for attention or even discussion. Michael O'connell, Billboard, "'Empire' Cast Pens Letter in Support of Jussie Smollett Returning to Fox Drama," 24 Apr. 2019 Shockey leads Eva and their cameraman down the logging road to get a broadside shot on the bear, which is now posturing with his legs splayed wide to show his dominance. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "Jim Shockey Goes Home: The Legacy of Modern Hunting’s Most Influential Celebrity," 20 Nov. 2017 Contestants have to speak their text messages at the screen, and one of The Circle’s pleasures is watching people try to posture as approachable and friendly solely through text. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Netflix's The Circle Is the Best TV Show About the Internet," 8 Jan. 2020 The commentary is sharp and thoughtful, without posturing herself as an expert. Martine Thompson, Vogue, "These Femme-Centric Podcasts Share the Dating Advice No One Dares to Give," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of posture


circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1645, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for posture


Middle French, from Italian postura, from Latin positura, from positus, past participle of ponere to place — more at position

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The first known use of posture was circa 1586

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23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Posture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of posture

: the way in which your body is positioned when you are sitting or standing
formal : the attitude a person or group has toward a subject


pos·​ture | \ ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio) \

Kids Definition of posture

: the way in which the body is positioned when sitting or standing : the general way of holding the body an upright posture a humble posture


pos·​ture | \ ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio) \

Medical Definition of posture

1 : the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose erect posture
2 : a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude

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